Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
This week marks the start of a new school year, and I wanted to make our first Chinese lesson more interesting for The girl and so I used the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also known as Mooncake or Lantern festival, as our subject of study. First, we read a Chinese book (中秋节) about the festival and then we discussed about the things we do (like admiring the moon, carry the lantern etc) and the special food we eat during the festival. Then, I also told her about the legend about Chang-E who lived alone on the moon with her only companion – the jade rabbit.
For our first craft, we decided to make our very own jade rabbit… I mean, origami rabbit. :p We learned to make an inflatable origami rabbit from this youtube video, demonstrated by a 8yo boy…
As this was The girl’s first try at origami, she doesn’t quite understand the concept of folding and unfolding yet. I had to help her many times to complete this origami. To be fair, this wasn’t an easy origami to start with, but she said she enjoyed it a lot. So, I think I should let her learn some basic origami patterns first if she is really keen in the origami arts. Anyway, here’s our end products. Quite cute, right?
Talking about the jade rabbit, do you know why it was allowed to stay with Chang-E? Here’s an interesting story, abstracted from this site.
One day, three immortals who were living in the heaven came to the earth. They asked a fox, a monkey and a rabbit to find some food for them respectively. The fox and the monkey both found something for the three immortals while the rabbit got nothing. The rabbit felt very sorry for the three immortals. Finally, he jumped into the fire and said to the three immortals “eat me, please!” the three immortal were deep moved by the rabbit. They decided to entitle the rabbit a reputation of “Jade Rabbit” and let him accompany Chang’e in the Moon Palace.
What is Lantern festival without lanterns?
So, for our next craft, we just had to make paper lanterns! Here’s what we made with recycled gift wrap papers and some scrap construction papers.
The girl was really pleased with her lanterns and chain. She asked me to hang them on her door because they made her room looks “princessy”! Hmm… I really wonder when will she grow out of this princess phase?
After the crafts, I asked The girl to draw a picture about the mid-autumn festival and here’s what she drew.
Very beautiful, right?
Other interesting sites:
A unit study about the Mid-Autumn Festival – Highly recommended
Origami For Kids – Bunny!
Paper Lanterns craft instructions
Our Everyday Things – Very cute homemade lanterns! Maybe I will try making it with The girl one day.
Mid Autumn Festival Crafts 2008
Mid Autumn Festival crafts 2006
Mid Autumn Festival 2005